Many have asked why I post about her. The answer is simple. I visited her several years ago. I was impressed by the story of her. The most devastating Kamikaze attack on a single ship ever. She served a long time. She was in good shape cosmetically. I came to know that was because of the "work parties", veterans that volunteer to clean, paint, and maintain her to this day. I joined the Association.
I have conversed with Ari and others who served on her. I am humbled to be in the presence of these Men, even on this electronic media.